A social experiment is a research project conducted with human subjects in the real world. It typically investigates the effects of a policy intervention by randomly assigning individuals, families, businesses, classrooms, or other units to different treatments or to a controlled condition that represents the status quo. Social experimentation has raised many ethical concerns, due to its manipulation of large groups of the population, often without consent.
French carbon tax
The carbon tax in France, for example, was a large scale social experiment conducted by technocrats and global elitists to promote the science of climate change. It radically backfired when both Left and Right on the political spectrum spontaneously united in the yellow vest movement.
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- Humphreys, Macartan (2015-06-01). "Reflections on the Ethics of Social Experimentation" (in en). Journal of Globalization and Development 6 (1). doi:10.1515/jgd-2014-0016. ISSN 1948-1837. https://doi.org/10.1515/jgd-2014-0016.